What is LEED Certification?
Torre Helix – LEED in progress
Sustainability certifications have gained prominence over the last decade, but in reality, what do they actually do for us?
Existen diferentes certificaciones que validan las estrategias de sustentabilidad den tu empresa, la más reconocida de ellas es “LEED”
On this occasion Roberto Maldonado, consultant at Eosis, explains what this certification consists of and what its benefits are.
The constant growth of the population brings with it various problems to the environment, some of them generated from the construction of increasingly ambitious and large buildings, whether residential, industrial or service there is no doubt that they represent an exponential use of resources for their construction and operation.
Sustainable building forms a central part of the solution to the environmental challenges the planet is facing. Today it is considered an alternative to conventional construction, tomorrow a necessity.
Developed in 1993 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED certification is considered one of the most important and recognized worldwide.
LEED, by its acronym: “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” beyond being an evaluation mechanism, represents a guiding tool for identifying, changing, implementing and measuring the design, construction, operation and maintenance of sustainable buildings.USGBC is convinced that the development of sustainable projects is a priority in today’s building industry, as it seeks to create places that improve the environment and communities.
Oriented to institutional and residential buildings, commercial buildings, and housing developments. LEED pursues the optimization in the use of natural resources, promote regenerative strategies, increase the positive and minimize the negative ones for the environment and people’s health in the building industry, as well as providing a high quality indoor environment for building occupants, improving their health and safety and consequently their productivity.
LEED’s weighted credits seek to drive a transition in the building industry by through strategies designed to achieve the seven main objectives or impact categories:
- Reversing the contribution to global climate change
- Improve people’s health and well-being.
- Protect and restore water resources.
- Protect, enhance and restore biodiversity and ecosystem services.
- Promote sustainable and regenerative material resource cycles.
- Build a greener economy.
- Improve social equity, environmental justice, community health and quality of life.
The range of benefits that LEED offers is extensive, helping project teams to better understand the interconnectedness of the building’s various systems and to define right strategies during the design, construction and operation phases of the building. The different LEED themes and categories work together to drive further optimization in the built environment and project.
From the construction site, to the materials and different products used for the construction. From planning and design to operation, LEED offers building owners and operators the strategies and tools necessary to optimize short-, medium- and long-term building performance and the bottom line, as well as providing healthy environments for a project’s occupants.
Specifically, LEED certified buildings are designed to offer the following benefits:
- Reducing operating costs and maximizing asset value.
- Mitigation of waste sent to landfills.
- Energy and water conservation and savings.
- Healthier spaces for occupants, increasing their productivity.
- Decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
- Qualify for tax incentives.
LEED represents the interest and motivation of architects, engineers and other professionals to build a green future, a future where sustainable buildings become a common practice and the benefits that it brings to the environment, businesses and occupants of the projects will be available to the largest possible population, thus addressing the environmental and economic hallenges we currently face.
-USGBC (n.d.) “Why LEED”: retrieved April 06, 2022 from: https://www.usgbc.org/leed/whyleed
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